Belgium

Vintage: Everyday Life in Belgium (1900s)

Vintage: Everyday Life in Belgium (1900s)

Belgium was one of the first countries to experience an Industrial Revolution, which brought prosperity in the 19th century but also opened a political dichotomy between liberal businessmen and socialist workers. The king set up his own private colonial empire in the Belgian Congo, which the government took over after a major scandal in 1908. Belgium was neutral but its…
Biography: Pictorial photographer Jozef Emiel Borrenbergen

Biography: Pictorial photographer Jozef Emiel Borrenbergen

Jozef Emiel Borrenbergen (Antwerp, 1884-1965), was one of the leading early amateur photographers in Belgium. He saw all important periods in photography since the turn of the century and marvelously adapted to new styles and techniques. He was the editor of the magazine “Fotokunst” (1924-1939) and presided the Photographic Cercle “Iris” in Antwerp for many years. His work was found…
Historic B&W photos of Brussels, Belgium in the 19th Century

Historic B&W photos of Brussels, Belgium in the 19th Century

In 1830, the Belgian revolution took place in Brussels after a performance of Auber’s opera La Muette de Portici at the La Monnaie theatre. Brussels became the capital and seat of government of the new nation. South Brabant was renamed simply Brabant, with Brussels as its capital. On 21 July 1831, Leopold I, the first King of the Belgians, ascended…
Historic B&W photos of Antwerp, Belgium (19th century)

Historic B&W photos of Antwerp, Belgium (19th century)

In 1830, the city was captured by the Belgian insurgents, but the citadel continued to be held by a Dutch garrison under General David Hendrik Chassé. For a time Chassé subjected the town to periodic bombardment which inflicted much damage, and at the end of 1832 the citadel itself was besieged by the French Northern Army commanded by Marechal Gerard.…
Biography: Pictorial photographer Leonard Misonne

Biography: Pictorial photographer Leonard Misonne

Leonard Misonne (1870 – 1943) was a Belgian photographer. Misonne was a master pictorialist photographer, whose atmospheric landscapes and street scenes are among the finest pictorial depictions of such subject matter. He employed many process and techniques throughout his career and championed a highly diffused printing system and light quality. His photographs are among many important collections and anthologies on…
City life in Belgium (1934)

City life in Belgium (1934)

Berit Wallenberg (1902–1995) was a Swedish archaeologist and art historian. She began photographing as a teenager and she always brought her camera on the many travels she made in Sweden and abroad, sometimes with her family or with other students, sometimes on her own and under modest conditions. The main purpose of her travels was to study art, architecture and…
Subtle and evocative portraits of Women

Subtle and evocative portraits of Women

The Belgian Alain Daussin, who was born in Gembloux (Belgium) started photography studies in 1977 in a school of the City of Brussels. After three years, he entered the labour market. But he was soon discovered by the “Photo” magazine (France), and his pictures were published under the heading ‘young talent’. From that time on, he worked for lots of…